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Local Government’s Big Text-Message Quandary

It’s difficult for public officials to meet open-record rules when their personal cellphone is involved.

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Register for Our Security and Resiliency Webcast on Sept. 25

We’ll discuss Superstorm Sandy’s impacts and local government IT challenges with panelists Cordell Schachter of NYCDOT and Justin Heyman of Franklin Twp., N.J.

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Des Moines Is Losing 113 Years of Institutional Knowledge

But local officials have filled one key City Hall vacancy.

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In Europe and America, Segregation Continues

A new report outlines drivers and patterns of residential segregation—and why they are so hard to break.

An attendee supporting statehood carries a DC flag during an event in 2012.

Is D.C. Statehood a Matter of Civil Rights?

Activists are mounting their latest—and likely doomed—push to grant residents of the nation's capital more voice in their government.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio

Should New York City Press for a 'Global Wealth' Tax?

A special pied-a-terre levy could be an easier sell in Albany.

Lessons Learned: U.S. Secessionist Groups Reflect on the Scottish Referendum

Far from discouraged, some groups are excited by the momentum generated by Scotland’s independence movement. Others smell conspiracy overseas.

New Jersey Mayor: ‘I Don’t Have a Butt Patrol’

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A worker begins demolition on the Minnesota Capitol's 2nd floor.

More Videos and Photos From Minnesota’s Big State Capitol Renovations

There’s a lot of work going across the building from the Rotunda to office space.

How a Houston Housing Project Earned a MacArthur Grant

Through Project Row Houses, artist Rick Lowe nurtures artists and residents alike with a project that pushes contemporary practice and engages the community.

Provincetown, Massachusetts

Two-Tier Taxes Pit 'Summer People' Against 'Townies'

Some vacation cities and states make “summer people” pay higher property taxes than year -round residents. Is that fair?

The Justice Department Has Yet to Find a Link Between Chris Christie and Bridge Closure

Nine months later, no connection has emerged. That doesn't mean Christie's problems are over.

D.C. Council General Counsel V. David Zvenyach

D.C. Looking for 1st ‘Civic Hacker in Residence’ for Innovation Fellowship

Full-time developer will help improve access to public data by using open-source tools.